Leeds boy completes sponsored walk despite having only taken 150 steps since breaking his leg

Alfie with his parents Rachael and Sam.
Alfie with his parents Rachael and Sam.
Have your say

A boy with a severe life-limiting condition managed to complete a sponsored walk despite having only taken 150 steps since breaking his leg.

Alfie Yates, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, heroically spent more than four hours finishing ‘Move a Mile for Muscles’ at Golden Acre Park in Leeds.

His rare and incurable muscle-wasting condition means that by this time next year he will need a wheelchair full-time.

And this summer Alfie spent eight weeks in a brace after he broke his leg playing football.

Mum Rachael Yates, 40, of Southway in Horsforth, said: “Alfie’s a very determined young man facing a very difficult life-limiting condition.

“He intended to try and walk a marathon over the space of the summer taking a mile at a time, but broke his leg in May.”

After a summer of physiotherapy the Leeds Grammar School pupil, 10, instead decided to walk the ‘Move a Mile for Muscles’ event with Mrs Yates and his dad Sam.

Lawyer Mrs Yates said: “I thought it was highly unlikely because he was still unable to walk around the house. Everyone else did it in about half an hour, but he’s very proud of himself.

“I have never seen such grit and determination as I did that afternoon.”

Alfie took four hours and 15 minutes on September 18 to cross the finish line for Muscular Dystrophy UK. “It was a huge, huge achievement,” said Mrs Yates.

There are only around 2,500 people in the UK with Duchenne.

Kirsty Christmas, regional development manager for Muscular Dystrophy UK, said: “Alfie is an absolute inspiration to everyone who meets him.”

To donate to his fund, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rachael-Yates-40